What is your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is DeAsia, I'm from Los Angeles and I work in admin for a biotech company.
How long have you been natural? How long have you been locked?
I've been natural since birth, but only began wearing my hair in its natural state (fros, twist-outs, etc.) since 2010. I've been loc'd since December 2014.
Why did you decide to loc your hair?
I decided to lock my hair because my loose hair grew too long and thick to manage. It took hours to wash, detangle, style, etc.
How did your friends/family react to you locking your hair?
A few of my family members already had locs/sisterlocs, so they weren't surprised. My friends were in total shock at first, but I get so many compliments now.
What is your hair regimen? Favorite hair products?
I wash and deep condition once a week, and I moisturize whenever it's needed. My favorite products are coconut oil and the Tea Tree Oil shampoo from Trader Joe's . I also use baking soda with apple cider vinegar to get rid of build-up.
How does your hair affect your career/lifestyle?
This hasn't negatively affected my career, at least not blatantly. I'm sure people feel a certain way about locs, but I've never been told that it's "unprofessional". It's changed my lifestyle a great deal! It takes a lot less time to wash and maintain my hair. I also use fewer products than before, so it's saved me a lot of time and money. I get many compliments from total strangers with locs, and it seems as though people address me with more respect.
What is your favorite loc style, or protective hairstyle?
I don't really style my hair, so I usually wear it down or in a ponytail. I'm all about simplicity but I'll experiment with styles as my hair gets longer.
How do you manage to retain length/moisture?
I have a spray bottle filled with water, conditioner, and coconut oil that I use on my hair every morning. This gives me moisture throughout the day. I retain length by sleeping in a bonnet or on a satin pillowcase.
What advice can you give those who are thinking about locking their hair?
You HAVE to have a great deal of confidence before locking your hair. There are phases that you'll go through that'll make you think "why am I doing this?", because it won't always look as great as you'd expect. Everyone starts locs for different reasons, but you have to be 100% ready for your journey.
Would you like to add anything else?
I learned a lot about myself during this journey. I've redefined my own standards of beauty and matured significantly because I was out of my comfort zone. I'd encourage anyone to step out of their comfort zone at some point. It doesn't have to require changing your hair; it can be changing your diet, learning a new skill, traveling to different parts of the world, etc.
Are you on social media? If so, what are your handles!
Instagram - @de._.asia